Jiujitsu, the love of my life. Jiu jitsu has become my greatest passion on this earth, and with that has got me thinking allot of late about longevity in a sport which can be very intense. So these are some of the things I have learnt to consider to keep myself healthy and on the matts till the end of my days.
“Jiujitsu is my therapy, my passion, my life” Matt Sera
First and Foremost
Sleep is one of the most important factors for longevity in the sport. During sleep your body does most of its recovery and rebuilding, making sure you get good sleep every night in paramount to keeping your body healthy and strong.
Training Jiujitsu can be super tough on the body, intensity levels should be monitored and kept in check, avoid wars in every roll, consider the flow. Overtraining is also something that needs to be thought about, if you are feeling tired and slow in training chances are you are overtraining to avoid injury its best to take a day or 2 off and allow your body to recovery. Always listen to your body.
One of the best ways to avoid injury is to loosen your body before training through a good stretching regime, this greatly reduces your risk of muscle injury. Stretching after will help aid in recovery as well as increase your flexibility, which is vital as flexibility is the first thing that declines as we age.
Tap early folks, we all get caught its part of the learning, accepting your defeat and learning from your mistake is the key to success. Don’t be the tough guy that doesn’t want to tap to the girl, You’ll regret it! Just remember the more you tap the more you learn.
Although it might not make you jiujitsu better, supplemental training helps repair the body from the damage it takes. By introducing supplemental training you can help balance the body in order to protect it from developing muscular in balances and compensation patterns. Supplemental training should include strength training and mobility.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
Nutrition is one of the most important factors in making sure our bodies can repair and recover efficiently. The quality of nutrition we get directly relates to the quality of tissue that is rebuilt, Eat as clean and high quality products as possible. Avoid refines sugars and poor quality food products, these cause inflammation in the body and delay repair and recovery.
If your goal is to train for a lifetime consider these steps, Sleep well, Tap Early, Train Smart, Eat Healthy and Stretch as often as possible.
“Train like athlete, eat like a nutritionist, Sleep like a baby, WIN like a champion”